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Rep. Michael McCaul’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 10th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover McCaul’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of McCaul’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Ranked the 4th top leader compared to All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McCaul’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 3 others)

McCaul introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 1231: RACE for Children Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

McCaul’s bills and resolutions had 733 cosponsors in 2017. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked 17th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from McCaul’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 20th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

7 of McCaul’s bills and resolutions in 2017 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 188: Condemning the Government of the ...; H.R. 820: Childhood Cancer STAR Act; H.R. 2138: Sinai Service Recognition Act; H.R. 3359: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency ...; H.R. 3548: Border Security for America Act ...; H.R. 4038: DHS Accountability Enhancement Act; H.R. 4708: Department of Homeland Security Blue ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 27th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McCaul introduced 6 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1231: RACE for Children Act; H.R. 2188: Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act; H.R. 2825: Department of Homeland Security Authorization ...; H.R. 3359: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency ...; H.R. 3548: Border Security for America Act ...; H.R. 4038: DHS Accountability Enhancement Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 27th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 14 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of McCaul’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Introduced the 33rd most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 7 others)

McCaul introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 44th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

McCaul cosponsored 188 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 42nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 27 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of McCaul’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 820: Childhood Cancer STAR Act; H.R. 1231: RACE for Children Act; H.R. 2138: Sinai Service Recognition Act; H.R. 4288: Taiwan Security Act of 2017

Compare to all Texas Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McCaul supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McCaul 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

McCaul missed 2.8% of votes (20 of 710 votes) in 2017. View McCaul’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 188 bills that McCaul cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

McCaul held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View McCaul’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.